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Patrick Asiedu remanded over false claims against some Police officers

Patrick Asiedu, the man suspected to be the voice behind an audio tape describing an alleged incident of criminal behaviour on the part of some Police personnel has been remanded by the Court.

The Police in a statement noted that the accused was arraigned before the Court on 18th January 2023, following his arrest on 17th January, 2023.

He will reappear before the court on 31st January 2023.

Patrick Asiedu was arrested in connection with a viral audio tape in which he made some false claims against the Police officers.

In the audio recording Dr. Patrick Asiedu, is heard levelling the allegation that some Policemen asked to search his vehicle and claimed they found illicit drugs in it.

They then asked him to pay GHC20,000 to be set free. After refusing, he was taken to a Police Station where he gave his statement and later to the Narcotics Control Board.

But in a press statement announcing the arrest, the Police says investigations revealed that the story is false and a total fabrication.

The Police stated that their investigations so far have established that the man, who has since been arrested, is indeed called Patrick Asiedu. He is, however, an Uber driver and not a doctor.

They added that “the supposed military intervention and the alleged fight between the Police officers and the military described in such dramatic detail in the audio tape are all false and a figment of the suspect’s imagination.

“Equally false are the vivid descriptions of having been taken to the Accra Central and East Legon Police Stations as well as the Narcotics Control Commission.  The claims of fingerprints being taken are all also untrue.”

Patrick Asiedu, the suspect, however, alleged that he once witnessed a similar incident.

Meanwhile, in another audio tape that has come to the attention of the Police, the suspect alleged he had met with the Inspector-General of Police.

“We wish to categorically state that this claim is also false and should be disregarded,” the Police said.

Meanwhile, the Director of the Africa Office of the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative has called for an independent fact-finding body to take over investigations of the alleged planting of weed and cocaine in a vehicle of a motorist by some Policemen.

In an audio aired on Joy FM’s Midday News on Thursday, Mina Mensah said the Police cannot be investigating themselves.

“From where I sit, it is an issue of the Police’s words against the suspect’s word and in situations like that, it is better for a neutral person to investigate.

“Who knows what happened? And so even if the Police investigate the whole issue and come out and exonerate the Policemen because that is what the truth is.. the credibility of the Police is not as good as it ought to be,” she said.

Source: Ghana News

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